Yoga, like sword ownership and sleeping, is an ancient practice whose benefits are just now being appreciated. Reap the rewards of ancient ways of life with today's Groupon: for $35, you get five Raffa power yoga or Raffa power-yoga beginners classes at Raffa Yoga in Cranston (a $75 value).
Raffa Yoga's eponymous power-yoga classes provide a challenging, inspiring workout for yogis of all experience levels. The fast-paced, 90-minute class combines the postures and breathing work of power yoga with a studio heated to 90 degrees to promote muscle elongation, endurance, and detoxification. Sun salutes, core work, and standing postures strengthen and stretch out tight trunks and locked-up limbs, and twists, bends, and relaxation unleash torrents of relaxation from the mind and the pores. For newcomers to the techniques, Raffa power-yoga beginners class slows the pace and focuses on the fundamentals of power yoga—proper postures, synchronized breathing techniques, and stress fracking.
Raffa Yoga is not a standard yoga studio, which is apparent right away from its wide variety of yoga classes that range from consciousness-raising Prana flow to rockin' hip-hop yoga and trapeze-like, aerial antigravity yoga. During classes, percussionists tap out soothing drumbeats as students find their center. An oversize golden Buddha mural looks over the classroom, prompting students to contemplate spirituality and wonder if the real guy ever wanted to just take a day off work and take a nice long nap.
Raffa Yoga’s active relaxation center includes Urban Sweat, a stress retreat composed of 21 massage and treatment rooms and 6 heat-therapy rooms. The eco-friendly space soothes the senses with ingredients such as eucalyptus and yellow turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities.
After emerging from the studio’s Himalayan-salt grotto, guests can sip a healthy, hydrating beverage at the juice-cleanse bar. They can also browse the selection of accessories in the full-service yoga boutique.